Proverbs 31

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  • 1 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.
  • 2 What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?
  • 3 Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.
  • 4 It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:
  • 5 Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.
  • 6 Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
  • 7 Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.
  • 8 Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.
  • 9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
  • 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
  • 11 The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
  • 12 She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
  • 13 She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
  • 14 She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
  • 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
  • 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
  • 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
  • 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
  • 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
  • 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
  • 21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
  • 22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
  • 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
  • 24 She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
  • 25 Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
  • 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
  • 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
  • 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
  • 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
  • 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
  • 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

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